Study the stars at stunning Welsh monuments this spring

Thursday 30 April 2015

Astronomy enthusiasts will be able to stargaze at two historic Welsh sites as Cadw lends its support to ‘Museums at Night’ — the UK’s annual after-hours festival of arts, culture and heritage.

Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey

Attendees will literally be able to see Tintern Abbey and Beaumaris Castle in a different light as the sites host late night astronomy sessions on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 respectively.

One hundred and ninety tickets have been made available for the two sessions that will run from 7.30pm until 11.30pm at each venue.

Cadw has teamed up with Dark Sky Wales to host the unique events that will consist of talks with astronomers, stargazing sessions and a constellation presentation within a mobile, digital planetarium. The North Wales Astronomy Society is supporting the event at Beaumaris Castle.  

Allan Trow, Manager at Dark Sky Wales, said:  'We’re very much looking forward to hosting these sessions within the walls of two of Wales’s top historic attractions.

'The planetarium shows will take visitors on a night-time view of the sky investigating the constellations – their mythology and location in relation to each other.

'Visitors will also get to take a close look at the planets and other objects easily accessible to binoculars and small telescopes.'

Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, added: 'We are always looking at new ways of showcasing Wales’s incredible heritage and to encourage visitors to appreciate our sites in a different way.

'In the last 12 months alone we have released aerial videos, CGI reconstructions and even a time-lapse Lego video to help promote our historic environment to a new audience and the stargazing sessions are yet another way of doing exactly that.'

Now in its seventh year, Museums at Night offers the chance to experience culture and heritage in a totally unexpected way.

The festival sees hundreds of museums, galleries and historic spaces all over the UK opening their doors after hours to put on an array of special events. The festival has experienced phenomenal growth during the past few years, attracting 180,000 visits to 700 events in more than 500 venues across the country in 2014.

To find other museum at night events happening in Wales visit www.museumsatnight.org.uk.

Cadw Stargazing event information

Tintern Abbey

The Tintern Abbey stargazing event takes place on Friday, May 15 at 7.30pm.

Attendees are advised to arrive from 7.15pm and to wear warm clothes and suitable footwear and to bring a torch and a blanket.

Sessions are suitable for those aged 12 and above. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Tickets, that include food and refreshments form the nearby Anchor Inn, cost £15.

Please visit http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stargaze-with-cadw-tintern-abey-syllu-ar-y-ser-gyda-cadw-abaty-tyndyrn-tickets-16723900637 for more information and to book.

Beaumaris Castle

The Beaumaris Castle stargazing event takes place on Saturday, May 16 at 7.30pm.

Attendees are advised to arrive from 7.15pm and to wear warm clothes and suitable footwear and to bring a torch and a blanket.

Sessions are suitable for those aged 12 and above. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Tickets, that includes a hot drink, cost £9. Please visit http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stargaze-with-cadw-beaumaris-castle-syllu-ar-y-ser-gyda-cadw-castell-biwmares-tickets-16723942763 for more information and to book.